Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908
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|Record Type||Land Entry Case Files: Homestead Final Certificates|
|Record Group||RG 49: Records of the Bureau of Land Management|
|Microfilm Publication||M1915. Land Entry Case Files of the Broken Bow Land Office, Broken Bow, Nebraska: Homestead Final Certificates,1890-1908. 50 rolls.|
|Arrangement||By number 1-1,824|
|National Archives Identifier||7820285|
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- 1 What is in This Collection?
- 2 What Can These Records Tell Me?
- 3 Collection Content
- 4 How Do I Search This Collection?
- 5 What Do I Do Next?
- 6 Citing This Collection
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes case files for homestead applications and land applications for the years 1890 to 1908. The files are arranged chronologically and have final certificate numbers. The files are from the Bureau of Land Management and include documents required to qualify for a homestead, such as:
- Land descriptions
- Proof of citizenship affidavits
- Testimonies of witnesses
- Related Broken Bow Land Office Collections
- Department of the Interior. General Land Office. Broken Bow (Nebraska) Land Office. 7/7/1890-ca. 6/30/1922 Organization Authority Record
- Record of Patents Delivered, 1886 - 1904
- Registers of Patents Delivered, 1890 - 1919
- Cash Files,1890-1908
- Homestead Final Certificates, 1890 - 1908
- Canceled Homestead Files, 1890 - 1908
- Serialized Land Entry Case Files That Were Canceled, Relinquished, or Rejected, ca. 1908 - ca. 1913
- Applications and Transfers, 1908 - 1922
- Timber Culture Files, 1890 - 1904
The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many southern states from the Union. This act allowed for settlement of land in unpopulated areas of America, establishing a land-acquisition system. The process required the applicant to file an application, improve the land over a five-year period, and then file for a deed. After the five years, the homesteader went to a local land office and requested the deed (or land patent) after paying a registration fee. That office forwarded the documentation to the General Land Office in Washington, DC, with a final certificate of eligibility.
- Public Land Survey Township Plats, 1789 - 1946 NAID 566647 RG 49 Records of the Bureau of Land Management
- Roberta King Homestead Records: Cancelled, Contested, and Relinquished Entries. NGS Magazine 34 #1 (January-March 2008): 46-49.
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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Land office location
- Application date
- Applicant name
- Land location and description
- Witness statements
- Town, state
- Date of award
- Name of homesteader
- Amount paid
- Land location and description
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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of the applicant
- The approximate year of the homestead application
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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]
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Related Family History Library Holdings[edit | edit source]
Related FamilySearch Historical Record Collections[edit | edit source]
- United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955
- United States, Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909
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